The Minister of Climate and Energy is visiting AS VALMIERAS STIKLA ŠĶIEDRA

22. January, 2024

AS VALMIERAS STIKLA ŠĶIEDRA hosted the Minister of Climate and Energy Kaspars Melnis and a delegation. The main purpose of the meeting was to get to know the company.

During the meeting, the company's board member Ģirts Vēveris presented the company's 60-year experience and the specifics of the glass fiber industry, including the cornerstones of our company's challenges in recent years, as well as the great importance of export in the development of our company. Andris Oskars Brutāns, the former, long-time chairman of the company's board, now advisor, shared the growing costs and consumption of energy resources in the company over the last couple of years, which is the basis of the foundations to ensure continuous production.

"The energy prices of 2022 and now are the ones that affect the development and competitiveness of our company. Financial means that we could invest in the development of the company and the GROUP, we are forced to direct to energy suppliers. As an energy-intensive company, we have no option to give up the energy resources that support our core business and production. I believe that it is necessary to find solutions, support tools for energy-intensive companies, also from the state side, which would help to continue the started development path and increase competitiveness in the global glass fiber market, among similar industrial companies, for which the state support is significantly higher," says board member Ģirts Vēveris.

Valmiera was visited by Minister of Climate and Energy Kaspars Melnis, parliamentary Secretary Jānis Irbe, head of the minister's office Krista Garkalne and adviser to the minister on communication matters Santa Vaļuma.